WHEN YOU FALL . . . .and YOU WILL (3)

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Romans 8:11 (KJV)

 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

You won’t be a successful life-receiving, life-creating, world-changing Christian on this earth if you never go through seasons of struggle and stumble. It’s through the difficulties of this life that growth happens. However, the difficulties are increasing in intensity. This world is too hard and it’s getting harder. Some of us have fallen flat on our face. Some of us have gotten back up and slapped the dust off; some have stayed down for the count. So if you are breezin’ through this life “No Worries,” then take a serious look at the depth of your faith.

Are you standing strong? Are you standing on a firm foundation of WHO Jesus Christ is, come Hell or high water? In today’s world there are places where people are living the high-water nightmare and there are places that smell like Hell has crawled out of the abyss through a crack in the ground and it’s belching a putrid decaying stench from both ends. Can you reach out and pull someone up after they’ve been knocked flat by a wall of crashing flood waters? Can you reach into someone’s nightmare without crumbling from your own fear to say, “HEY! JESUS IS AN OASIS! A ROCK TO STAND ON!” Can you at least give encouragement? Or are you scootin’ away from those people, namby-pamby, life’s a peach with a “suck’s to be them,” mentality, giving out sweet back pats and sharing powerless, “Aw, Honey, God won’t give you more than you can bear” platitudes?

Whose stomach is turning say “Amen?”

MY GOD INVADES THE IMPOSSIBLE.

I am offering encouragement. There’s NO EXCUSE for ANYTHING written in my blogs. It’s all truth/Truth in my life. God has been faithful up to this day and I don’t foresee Him changing character away from what the Word has told me He is like. If you think I make my God to be Who I want Him to be to me, then you need to walk in my shoes and experience the Person He has shown me He is. A cause-and-effect relationship has happened to where I can now stand tall and strong to say, “JESUS IS REAL, HE CARES, AND YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT STUFF UP!”

God loves the impossible!!! His Son died!!! He raised His Son into New Life!!! The same New Life is offered to us!!!

So, you’ve fallen and you can’t get up. If it’s not you, then shove your laptop or smart phone in their face to pull them out of their syrupy depression daze of guilt and pain. Tell them there is HOPE. Hope has a name and it is Jesus.

In the first two parts of this series, I touched on the perimeter of things to think about and am hoping to get deeper still into your heart and show a deeper part of His. Part one touched on keeping the door open between you and Him. Part two touched on communicating with our Creator, the God of the universe.

SO, HERE WE GO WITH #3.

3) KEEP TALKING.

Be willing to keep talking to God about these things. READ THE WORD. TALK (PRAY). Some people stop seeking after the first time or two because there seems to be no results. Many times there feels like there’s a wall of rock between you and God. That rock is not Him. That rock is the wall of defenses you’ve built up in your heart against pain. Time to break that boulder wall. If you take an ice pick and a hammer to a boulder, it will eventually crack and chip. Hairline cracks are not visible but eventually pieces will fly.

KEEP PRAYING.

Some people have been taught to pray only once about a matter and don’t ever mention it again to God because the Word instructs not to pray with empty, useless repetitiveness. Maybe you have been taught it is immature to pray more than once, that God heard you the first time, and telling Him again means you are not walking in faith. Or, that it would be similar to chanting, like heathens. Yes, God does hear the first time we say something. However, continuing to go at God with your burdens actually begins to produce determination in your own heart. Breakthroughs are not produced without determination.

Cry out to God with all your heart, strong discussion, quiet tears, explosive conversations. GO FOR IT with the knowledge and understanding that He wants opportunity to speak back. That’s not empty or vain praying. YOU ARE PRAYING WITH PURPOSE BECAUSE YOU ARE SEEKING HIM WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART.

KEEP SWINGING.

When you feel up to it, swing a sledge instead of using a chisel and hammer. That moment comes when you sense you begin to recognize control. God wants to give a sense of control back to you because it was stolen. You’ve got things to do along side of Him and He wants to give you back your bearings. (I love this stuff! Man, Woman, YOU’VE GOT PURPOSE!) KEEP SWINGING BECAUSE THAT BOULDER IS GONNA CRACK!!!

 And wait for the change, because THAT’s . . . .

PROCESS which brings PROGRESS.

No repeating. That’s bogus. When YOU pray, talk to God. Have a conversation from your heart with Him. And KEEP having conversations with Him. Jesus prayed twice for a man who could not see. He prayed more than once about His demise coming with His death. The key in these situations is there was progress in the process. Jesus needed strength to continue and He was receiving strength from His Father to do the Father’s will. You can mention the same thing more than once, but be watchful for changes. Also, change your prayers along with the process. It’s in the process of talking, communicating, COMMUNING with Him that you will begin to sense changes in you and/or your circumstances.

KEEP BEING WILLING.

Swing that sledge and listen, or be sensitive to changes in your heart or the atmosphere of your situation. Changes may be so subtle they are easy to miss. It’s similar to sticking your finger in your mouth to wet it and then holding your wet finger in the air to determine which direction the faint breeze is blowing. You will perceive changes according to the way your personality works; whatever you may be sensitive to.

The other person you are praying for, he or she may say the same sentence again with less force, or change a word. You “sense” there is something very slight that has shifted. Something simple. Or you sense a change in the atmosphere. You may sense a gentle, very subtle change in your emotions. You may find yourself shifting emotionally; maybe from one ugly emotion to another, but, the log jam may finally be moving. Bring the ugliness to God. Maybe now you can cry, or talk, or . . . . just go with it and keep talking with God and BE WILLING to keep it in the forefront of your mind that God wants to help move you to the positive.

There was a time when God was processing an area of anger deep inside me, but I didn’t know He was processing the anger out into the open. I heard an advertising clip on the radio of three women sharing their testimonies of being raised in or currently living in an alcoholic environment. I was anxious to hear their testimonies. Program time came while on my way to the store in the van. I was encouraged by the first two testimonies. The third woman shared about the possibility of God not changing circumstances to our specifications and I became furious. I had been hoping hard for several years for a change in a specific situation and her testimony hurt. Now I was hearing that what I was praying and believing for may not happen. By the time I opened my van door and stepped onto the parking lot, I was furious and spitting at God, I was so mad.

Here’s the beauty of the situation. I already had a strong relationship established with My heavenly Father. This anger inside of me was uncontrollable rage which took me by surprise. Soon after that moment, I was totally honest with God, confessing my deep anger and hurt feelings. I talked to Him about having been deeply trusting Him all this time and now He was possibly not going to do anything about the circumstances????

The success of the situation that produced healthy fruit . . . .

I kept the door open. I came to Him with everything that was in my heart, confessed my struggles, told Him I didn’t understand and told Him He was going to have to get me to where I needed to be in the situation.

Guess what? He talked back. He showed me He KNEW the deep, volcanic anger was buried in my heart but I didn’t know it was in there. He showed me that I was angry at Him, but I was also angry at everyone and myself. It needed to come OUT.

God was loving me. I had felt like He had cornered me, and He had. It may not have been fair, but it was definitely productive in the process of my healing. In looking back, my love for Him is growing at this moment because He cared so much for me to force me into a situation where He could lance that very wounded, infected part of me so I could heal. I was so locked up by pain and woundedness that I couldn’t let go, and I couldn’t do anything to help myself. That’s Love. God is Love.

Are you ready for God to love on you? Then you need to be willing to go through the PROCESS. Rock walls for protection end up being fortresses, strongholds, citadels. Unfortunately, when keeping out the bad, we also fall into the trap of keeping out God. That wall needs to be torn down; the boulder smashed and removed. Allowing God’s processes to happen is huge in the life of a healthy, growing, contributing Christian. No process, no growth.

I’ll talk more indepth about process in the next part of this series.

Romans 8:11 (KJV)

 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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